Craig Whittaker – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Craig Whittaker on 2016-05-19.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the proposals in his Department’s White Paper, A BBC for the future, published in May 2016, what discussions he has had with the BBC on challenging a perceived culture of political bias at the corporation.

Mr Edward Vaizey

I have had discussions with the BBC throughout the Charter Review process. Under the plans in the White Paper, ‘A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction’, the BBC’s obligations for impartiality and accuracy will, for the first time, be regulated by an external body, Ofcom. The culture of the BBC will be a matter for the new unitary board in delivering its new mission ‘To act in the public interest, serving all audiences with impartial, high-quality and distinctive media content and services that inform, educate and entertain.’